The use of temporary and contract staff is set to increase further in New Zealand, due to high demand for digital and technology skills.
According to Hays Salary Guide, 21 per cent of Kiwi employers now engage contract and temporary staff on a regular ongoing basis, with another 41 per cent doing so for special projects or workloads.
Looking ahead, 18 per cent intend to further increase their use of temporary and contract staff in the next 12 months.
In a nod to outsourcing, the rise in demand of temporary workers places digitally focused partners in pole position, as organisations seek advice and guidance on-demand.
“A rise in projects, the attractiveness of a flexible workforce and the shortage of highly-skilled professionals for permanent positions has driven up demand for temporary and contract staff in many organisations across New Zealand,” said Adam Shapley, managing director of Hays in New Zealand.
“The on-demand and as-needed nature of temporaries and contractors is also far more cost-effective than keeping skills unessential to the day-to-day operation of an organisation in-house.
“That’s why we’re seeing temporary assignments at all levels, from entry to executive.”
Specifically, employers want temporary employees to bring technology and digital skills to the team first and foremost, topping the list at 46 per cent of business.
This is followed by problem solving (45 per cent), communication (41 per cent), critical thinking (34 per cent), project management (24 per cent) and vocational (22 per cent) skills.
Further down the list are stakeholder engagement (14 per cent), commercial or business development (also 14 per cent) and management (8 per cent) skills.
“With 18 per cent of employers intending to increase their use of temporary and contract staff, a lot of employment opportunities will pass you by if you are not open to this form of working,” Shapley added.
“Temporary assignments can give your career a boost just when you need it. They allow you to gain experience in new industries, business cultures and projects, develop new contacts and push you out of your comfort zone.
“This will all have a positive impact on your long-term career advancement.”
Hays surveyed 486 organisations in New Zealand.